Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sculptor Ed Hamilton Visits Art Students

In Newport News for the dedication of his latest public works sculpture, Ed Hamilton visited with students at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School on Friday, May 16, 2014. Hamilton heard about An Achievable Dream and wanted to share his story with the students, encouraging them to pursue their dreams no matter how large. He also gave them a “sneak preview” of his new work, The Unfinished March, the centerpiece of the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, located at 25th Street and Jefferson Avenue. The statue, a large bronze bas-relief featuring the front row of a Civil Rights march with Dr. King in the center, his hand reaching out, was unveiled and dedicated on Saturday, May 17. Prior to the dedication, Washington said that he was happy to have the sculpture in Newport News and hoped it would inspire young people.

Hamilton, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is known for creating public sculptures that commemorate the people and events that figure prominently in African American history. His work includes The Spirit of Freedom at the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C., and The Amistad Memorial in New Haven, Conn. In Louisville, the larger-than-life Abraham Lincoln looks over a waterfront park. One of Hamilton’s first commissions was the Booker T. Washington statue on the campus of Hampton University in 1983.




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Kim Bates Named NNPS Middle School Teacher of the Year

Kim Bates, an Instructional Technology Coach at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School, is the Newport News Public School Middle School Teacher of the Year. After completing Old Dominion University’s Career Switcher Program, education became Bates’ third career. She started her teaching career at Crittenden Middle School in technology education and has worked as a technology teacher at Heritage High School.

Bates coordinated the school district’s involvement with SeaPerch, an underwater remotely operated vehicle competition, and founded the Tidewater SeaPerch District Competition. She also created STEM (science, technology, engineer and mathematics education) Saturdays, which provides hands-on projects and learning opportunities for students at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School.

Bates has 10 years of teaching experience. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Old Dominion University.

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Sponsors Enjoy a Special Lunch

Students from An Achievable Dream Academy and An Achievable Dream Middle and High School hosted board members and sponsors during the annual Sponsors’ Day luncheon on April 25. Attendees enjoyed a Chick-fil-A lunch, talked with students, and exchanged business cards before the program – “An Achievable Dream Presents Kid YOU!” – featuring students taking on the careers of special guests. Third grade student Drew Cox was a hit with her answer to the question, “What is the most special part about being an amusement park president?” Carl Lum, park president, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, presented Drew with his name tag and title upon her reply: “The most special part about being president of an amusement park is I get to see the kids and families have a good time with smiles on their faces, and hopefully I will get to see them again.”

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